Sudden death of my smallest turkey :(

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by lauren4773, May 1, 2017.

  1. lauren4773

    lauren4773 New Egg

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    This morning I woke up to find that one of my 3 week old Turkeys had passed away. I currently have 5, all mixed breeds, staying together in a large brooder in our screened in porch.
    I will admit that the one that passed was the smallest and specifically, didn't stretch her neck way up like the other do. Otherwise I've seen (her?) eat and drink water.
    Yesterday was the first time I introduced them to the coop that they'll end up living in, but just for the day so that they had time to roam around. Food and water were put out there and the floor of the coop is sand.
    The turkeys were all snuggled together last night before I went to bed and she seemed ok!
    I do not see any wounds of any kind on her body nor other signs of trauma. Raising turkeys is new to me- any input on why she could have passed away?
    Thank you! :(
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Are you still providing extra heat? Turkeys are more sensitive to chilling when younger.
     
  3. lauren4773

    lauren4773 New Egg

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    Yes! I have a thermometer set too. And we live in FL so it's warm already. I read that if there is too much of a difference in size then to separate the small one from the large ones because the small one will get picked on. But I never witnessed any bullying...??
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Could be it was smaller because something was wrong with it. Things like incorrectly formed organs can take a few weeks to become deadly. It doesn't sound like anything you did.
     

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